Re: Does Fred Taylor get unveiled Monday?
posted at 12/2/2010 9:58 AM EST
In Response to Re: Does Fred Taylor get unveiled Monday?
[QUOTE]The big deal in this game won't be runnin the ball for either side. A shoot out is coming, with Jets great receivers - and they are a three headed monster here, as ZBell and others note, against a weak and undermanned DB cadre for Pats. Our strength, as always, is Tom, TE trio, Wes and Dieon. Maybe Tate can actually catch one long ball this season to give the Jets some deep ball concerns too.
Posted by fyyankees[/QUOTE]
I don't know about that. The Pats have been best this year when they get other teams to respect their running game. The empty-backfield spread offense hasn't worked all that well for them, honestly. Brady has been much more effective under center I think, with a running back in the backfield. Part of the problem is their deep game isn't that good this year, so if they give up on the run, all teams need to worry about are the short and intermediate passes. Branch may be changing that dynamic a bit, but I think the Pats are in a tougher position Monday if they can't run effectively. To me, that spread offense has seemed very one-dimensional and not all that hard to stop this year.
On the other side of the ball, the Pats defense has been worst in the games where their opponents have been able to run on them--i.e., Cleveland and the Jets in the second half of the first Jets game. For all these reasons, I'd be very surprised if the run doesn't play a big role in Monday's game. I expect the Jets to try to beat the Pats with the run early (using the pass primarily to set up the run and keep the D honest) and only go to a heavier pass offense if they fall behind or if the run is shut down.
I think if the Pats can stop the Jets running game, they'll be in good shape. Even if Sanchez gets a few scores on big plays to his wideouts, he's not good enough to win the game all on his own I don't think. If the Jets can be balanced, though, this game will be much tougher.